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Yes drummer Alan White in urgent back surgery

Alan White has been forced to take time away from Yes after undergoing urgent back surgery - but vows to return to action soon

Yes drummer Alan White has been forced to take time away from the band’s current tour after undergoing urgent back surgery.

He was diagnosed with a damaged disc after seeking attention for an “intense pain” that began while they were on the road in Europe earlier this year.

During his recovery from the procedure, which took place in Seattle, Washington, he’ll be replaced by stand-in Jay Schellen, who’s previously played with Asia.

White says in a statement: “After working with European and American doctors, spinal specialists, exploring optional treatments, I've had no choice but to undergo surgery.

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“I’m pleased to announce a very positive result from this procedure. With some rest and physical therapy, I should be back in good form and ready to rejoin the tour in the near future.

“I’m eager to be on the road with the band – but also need to ensure my recovery is complete before doing so.”

He says of Schellen: “Please welcome him to our Yes family. He’s doing a great service by stepping in last-minute, so as to not disappoint everyone.”

White says he’ll return to work “as soon as physically possible” and adds his thanks for fans for their support.

Yes’ tour continues across North America on July 25, with Billy Sherwood in place of late bassist Chris Squire. The shows include performances of their albums Drama and sides 1 and 4 of Tales From Topographic Oceans. Two of their recent UK gigs included guest appearances from former member Trevor Horn.

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Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Monday, July 25, 2016 at 7:30PM American Music Theatre Lancaster, United States
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 7:00PM Celeste Center Columbus, United States
Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 7:30PM Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park Hard Rock Live Northfield, United States
Saturday, July 30, 2016 at 8:00PM Tropicana Showroom Atlantic City, United States
Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 7:00PM Sands Bethlehem Event Center Bethlehem, United States
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 6:30PM Artpark Mainstage Lewiston, United States
Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:00PM Lynn Auditorium Lynn, United States
Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:00PM TOYOTA OAKDALE THEATRE Wallingford, United States
Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 8:00PM NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, United States
Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 8:00PM St. George Theatre Staten Island, United States
Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 8:00PM Bergen Performing Arts Center Englewood, United States
Friday, August 12, 2016 at 8:00PM Capitol Theatre-NY Port Chester, United States
Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 7:00PM Mayo Performing Arts Center Morristown, United States
Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 8:00PM Hart Theatre at the Egg Albany, United States
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 8:00PM Warner Theatre Washington, United States
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 8:00PM Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead Pittsburgh, United States
Friday, August 19, 2016 at 8:00PM Freedom Hill Amphitheatre Sterling Heights, United States
Saturday, August 20, 2016 at 8:00PM Copernicus Center Chicago, United States
Sunday, August 21, 2016 at 8:00PM Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, United States
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 8:00PM Paramount Theatre-Colorado Denver, United States
Friday, August 26, 2016 at 8:00PM Grove of Anaheim Anaheim, United States
Saturday, August 27, 2016 at 8:00PM Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Las Vegas, United States
Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 8:00PM Arlington Theatre Santa Barbara, United States
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at 8:00PM Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, United States
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:30PM Mountain Winery Saratoga, United States
Friday, September 2, 2016 at 8:00PM Silver Legacy Casino Reno, United States
Saturday, September 3, 2016 at 8:00PM Vina Robles Amphitheatre Paso Robles, United States
Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 7:30PM Humphreys Concerts By the Bay San Diego, United States

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